Content:

Ramon Humet

Light (Llum)



Artists:
Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava, conductor

Genres:
Contemporary
Choral

Features:

Sleeve notes in English, sung texts with English translation.

World première recording

Format:
CD

Released:
June 2021

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1389-2

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195138922

Track listing

CD 50:26
Ramon Humet (b. 1968)
Llum (Light) (2013-16) 50:26
1 Tanca els ulls (Close Your Eyes) 7:04
2 Camina endins (Walk Inside) 7:03
3 Baixa al cim de l'Ànima (Descent to the Summit of the Soul) 6:00
4 Pedra nua (Naked Stone) 3:10
5 Paul al Cor (The Peaceful Heart) 10:46
6 Engrunes de Llum (Luminous Crumbs) 11:28
7 Al·leluia (Alleluia) 4:48



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Complete description

With this new release the award-winning Latvian Radio Choir together with its director Sigvards Kļava are returning to contemporary music after a series of recordings of 19th Century sacred choral works. Ramon Humet’s (b. 1968) new choral work, Llum, is a deep, spiritual journey to the gift of life, peace and love.

 

Humet’s Llum was premiered by the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava in Barcelona in March 2020, just at the outbreak of the global pandemic. This 7-movement work is based on spiritual texts and poems by Vicenç Santamaria, a monk from the monastery of Monserrat in Catalunya and close friend of the composer. This timeless work is radiating serene joy and ends with an ‘Alleluia’. In this first recording, the Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava are offering an impressive account of this new 21st Century choral work.

 

The Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) ranks among the top professional chamber choirs in Europe and its refined taste for musical material, fineness of expression and vocal of unbelievably immense compass have charted it as a noted brand on the world map. The repertoire of LRC ranges from the Renaissance music to the most sophisticated scores by modern composers; and it could be described as a sound laboratory – the singers explore their skills by turning to the mysteries of traditional singing, as well as to the art of quartertone and overtone singing and other sound production techniques. The choir has established a new understanding of the possibilities of a human voice; one could also say that the choir is the creator of a new choral paradigm: every singer is a distinct individual with his or her own vocal signature and roles in performances.


Sigvards Kļava is one of the most outstanding Latvian conductors, also a professor of conducting and producer, music director of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1992. As a result of Sigvards Kļava’s steady efforts, the Latvian Radio Choir has become an internationally recognized, vocally distinctive collective, where each singer possesses a creative individuality. Under Sigvards’ guidance, the choir has recorded a number of choral works by little known or completely forgotten composers of the past, as well as formed a friendly collaboration with a number of notable Latvian composers. Sigvards Kļava is a professor at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music. Kļava is a multiple winner of the Latvian Great Music Award.